Case study: Cost of driving ‘just not worth it’

WHEN Monica Reeves turned 17 she says she had the funds to learn to drive but didn’t feel getting behind the wheel was for her.

Instead she spent the money on travelling the world before taking a degree course in Spanish and Politics at Glasgow University.

“I know it’s something that is important to get for work, but it was a large chunk of money and at the time I much preferred to go travelling,” said 20-year-old Monica.

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“Now I definitely find using public transport suits my lifestyle as a student. I like to use that time to catch up with my friends. I also always carry my iPod with me and I find it relaxing to sit on the bus and listen to music, read the paper, Facebook or text. I can get to where I need cheaply and enjoy myself while I’m doing it.

“Economically and for practical reasons it currently suits me not to drive.”

Emma Boulton, a 24-year-old research technician in Glasgow, says the cost of learning to drive and buying and insuring a car are prohibitive, but she also enjoys using the time she spends on public transport for catching up with friends.

“I know friends who pay an incredible amount of money just with the upkeep of having a car,” she said.

“Driving lessons seem to be the cheapest part of being a car owner. I just couldn’t justify the expense.

“Public transport is more compatible with my lifestyle, and to be honest I have no incentive to want to get my licence. I work long days so I like to use my journey time on the train to catch up on what’s happening with friends on Facebook and Twitter.”

Sunnah Khan